Thank you to everyone who attended the Acquaintance Night and Governing Council AGM. It was pleasing to see so many families take the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet your child’s teachers. The AGM was well attended, giving us the opportunity to present out Annual Report and Site Improvement Plan (SIP). A condensed version of the SIP will soon be sent home to all families, highlighting the strategic directions for the school.
Governing Council Representatives
At our recent AGM and first meeting, we accepted nominations and voted in our new Governing Council team.
I am pleased to announce the following people as our members for 2021.
Staff Rep – Lee Allmond
New Members – Katie Gribble, Tracy Freeman and Rebecca Benfell
Returning Members –Sarah Gentilcore, Sujeeva McLeod, Kirsty Frazer-Sikorski, Peta Jones and Kristina Mallamo.
Our Office Bearers for 2021 are:
Chairperson – Sarah Gentilcore
Deputy Chairperson – Sujeeva McLeod
Treasurer – Kirsty Frazer-Sikorski
Secretary – Kristina Mallamo
It is great to see some new faces and the passion that all members have for our school and the children. If you have any questions regarding school issues, please feel free to approach any of our members.
Young Leaders Ambassadors Announced
Just over a week ago, our Young Leaders Ambassadors were appointed.
I would like to congratulate the following students on their new roles.
Oscar R17 and Sarah R21.
We also have a number of senior students taking on other leadership positions, including Public Relations and school tours, Graduation Committee, Sports Monitors, Environment Officers, Student Mentors, Photographers and Canteen Monitors. Thank you to all of the students who applied for these positions. Each student will receive a badge to acknowledge their important roles in our school.
In Weeks 3 & 4 of next term (11th to 21nd May), the NAPLAN Online Tests will take place for students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9.
The tests will cover Literacy (Language Conventions, Writing and Reading) & Numeracy.
The results gained from the tests provide us with data that we analyse and then use to program appropriately for our students. Our students will be undertaking the testing online.
In certain circumstances, students can be withdrawn or exempted from the tests with parent permission.
Reasons may include: Philosophical or personal reasons; Students with a language other than English who have been in the country for less than 12 months; Students with significant intellectual disability.
If you would like to discuss a possible exemption or withdrawal for your child, or anything else in relation to the tests, please feel free to contact either myself or Leah Koen before the end of this term (9th April).
In the meantime, further information can be accessed at https://www.nap.edu.au/
Students with Disabilities and SSO’s in Classrooms
All students have different learning requirements. Over the first 5 weeks at school, teachers have been working hard to establish positive teacher- student relationships with their class. We have been focusing on creating safe conditions for rigorous learning. As we move through term 1, the focus moves to understanding what students know, can do and understand and designing learning programs to build on their understandings.
SSO’s play a significant role in supporting students and teachers. In 2021 all classrooms have support staff in Literacy lessons, to work with students requiring extra help and/or extension.
Some students with identified disabilities will also receive some extra support to meet their learning goals. Please feel free to make an appointment with your classroom teacher, if you wish to discuss your child’s learning.
Pupil Free Days
Our Pupil Free Days and School Closure for this year are listed below. All schools are entitled to 4 Pupil Free Days and 1 School Closure day. They are:
Term 2: Week 5 Friday - 28th May
Term 2: Week 10 Friday - 2nd July (Last Day of Term)
Term 3: Week 9 Monday - 13th September (School Closure)
Term 4: Week 5 Friday - 12th November
A Pupil Free Day was used at the beginning of the year in week 0.
Last day of Term 1, Friday 9th April - 2pm dismissal.
Week 6 Attendance Award
Congratulations to year 7 student Emily from Room 17 on winning our 100% attendance award for weeks 1-6. Emily is the lucky winner of a Boost Juice voucher compliments of Boost Juice.
Drainage Construction Notice – Hughes Street Birkenhead
As part of the 2020/21 Capital Works Programme, Council will be undertaking stormwater works along Hughes St.
Works will commence this week from Fletcher Road and progress along Hughes Street and Close Street.
The works are complex and challenging, and this work is expected to cause some disruption to traffic and conclude by June 2021.
Hi there, LPPS community.
We have successfully started Children’ s University with 35 students enrolling. Gemma from Children’s University spoke at our last assembly and really inspired our students. Thanks to Charlotte R4 who became our model as to what the students are working towards at the end of the year.
Gemma will be coming out on Tuesday next week to present them with their passports, so their learning journeys can begin.
Our Buddies Performance was a huge hit with over 95% of our students attending.
The messages were clear and relatable to all.
Thank you for your response to our appeal regarding our Breakfast Club.
We now have a fridge to keep the milk and we have had several donations of Milo. And one community member has volunteered to help so we can grow the program. A huge thank you to all.
Milo will start being served on Tuesday after the long weekend.
Let’s finish by remembering that Wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility.
Till next time,
In Room 11 we have been learning about recycling and looking after the environment. We thought now would be a good time to remind everyone how to use the bins in and around the school.
The yellow bins outside are only for 10 cent drink cartons like fruit boxes. Before putting your fruit box in the yellow bin, please put the straw in the red bin. The red bins outside are for all other rubbish like chip packets and wrappers.
Inside the classroom there are 3 bins.
The red bin is for all your rubbish.
The blue bin is for paper and cardboard only.
The fruit bin is for all fruit scraps like banana peel and apple cores.
If you see rubbish on the floor, then please DO NOT walk over it.
Please pick it up and put it in the bin.
If you are not sure what bin it goes in, then put it in the red bin.
Rooms 8 and 9 are fortunate to have the students in Room 22 as their buddies. We get together every Tuesday for our library time and other special activities. Our older buddies support us to return books and then select a new book to take home. They read to us, we eat lunch together and they support us to feel safe and have a buddy to talk to in the yard during break times. In week 4 we even shared pancakes which were delicious. We look forward to spending more time with each other and engaging in some fun activities to celebrate Harmony Day, National Day of Action Against Bullying and Easter.
Room 8, 9 & 22
Hayley Peacock, Kelly Jones & Karen Leaney
On the 22nd of February the four Year 6/7 classes were lucky enough to visit the Port Adelaide Maritime Museum to take part in the Poetry Takeover which is part of The SA History Festival.
During the visit we were asked to take inspiration from and explore the collection within the museum. We were encouraged to engage with objects, think creatively and connect with the yearly theme of ‘Transformation’, to assist us in developing a poem to enter into the competition to win $50 Dymocks vouchers as part of the festival.
We had such a great time together exploring the museum and writing our poems.
Room 17, 18, 20 & 21
Jake Taylor, Brittiny McKay, Alex Bowe & Brenton McGorman
Today is 'National Clean Up School's Day' and as a way of celebrating and acknowledging the importance of the day, Room 11 shared an important video message with our school community about the importance of keeping our school clean and what rubbish goes in which bin. Straight after assembly and lunchtime, all classes went out to their designated area and cleaned up. I have never seen our yard looking so clean and tidy!
Last Monday we had 14 students compete in the Port SAPSASA swimming carnival. They competed well and represented our school with pride. As a team they saw us finish in 4th position out of 13 schools! There were also some incredible individual results with ribbons being awarded to Olive (R21), Fergus (R22), Albert (R19), Jack (R21) and Noah (R19). Olive finished first overall in the 50m Breaststroke and has qualified for SAPSASA State Day. Well done to all our swimmers!
We have also had some clinics occurring over the last few weeks allowing students to gain exposure to a variety of sports and hopefully build interest in out of school sport. We have had cricket, baseball, softball, girls soccer with Adelaide Jaguars and hockey from the Port Adelaide Hockey club. We will also be conducting athletics day trials in the next week to select our team for Athletics day in week 9.
I would love to congratulate Emily R17, Campbell R21 and Rhys R18 on their selection in the SAPSASA State Softball teams to compete in the week 10 carnival.
Finally, we have just seen our first week of basketball training and games for most teams as well as our first round of cricket, and are now waiting for notes to be returned regarding school soccer. If your child is interested in playing school soccer and they didn’t get a note, please see their classroom teacher or myself.
Paetyn Rm 3
Blake Rm 3
Danielle Rm 3
Sophia K R9
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